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“Wilderness” might not be the first word you think of when someone says the name “Tallahassee.” It’s the capital of Florida, with heavy urban development and a population of almost 200,000. Despite its size, however, Tallahassee is actually home to a number of wilderness areas. Just to the southwest of downtown Tallahassee, you’ll find massive swathes of forested foothills leading all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, and around the city, you’ll find a number of pleasant lakes and hikes. Book an RV in Tallahassee today, and discover the many hidden gems of this historic city.
One particularly memorable wilderness retreat around this city is St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge. This is an especially nice place to take a Tallahassee RV rental during the summer months, where many other trails might get too hot once the sun gets too high in the sky. St. Mark’s comprises a large area of longleaf pine forest, marshland, and beach along the Gulf, and as you get nearer to the ocean, a cool wind does a great deal to dissipate most of the heat. Still, don’t let this dissuade you from trying the water; it’s very warm and gentle, and since there typically aren’t too many people around, it’s not hard to find some gorgeous spots for a secluded beach retreat. Definitely, a welcome site to relax if you’re used to more crowded, urban beaches!
Other forested areas around the city include Apalachicola National Forest and Florida Caverns State Park. The latter of these offers continuously-running guided tours through its caves, and kids especially are guaranteed to love it. In addition to these state-protected areas, there are also quite a few parks you can check out not too far from Tallahassee’s downtown. The largest of these is Tom Brown Park. This has a couple gentle elevation climbs, which you might find a little unusual if you’re coming from further south in the state, and the Piney Z trail runs along the edge of what once was a lake, but is now really more of a valley. And although much of Tom Brown is very close to developed suburban areas, it certainly does not feel like that once you get out on the trails.
Another must-see attraction during the Tallahassee luxury RV rental vacation is the Tallahassee Museum. There are a few trails through pine forest and live oak tree hammocks, but the star of the show is probably this museum’s animals. This is a rare chance to see a huge variety of Florida animals in their native habitats. They have deer, alligators, bald eagles and hawks, and even a number of Florida panthers! Elsewhere in the museum, meanwhile, you can check out the McGowan Butterfly Garden, a ziplining course, several model plantation houses, and some fascinating statues of dinosaurs made entirely of scrap metal.
You’re not going to have any trouble finding a place to park your RV rental in Tallahassee. Big Oak RV Park, for instance, offers space for travel trailers all the way up to 65 feet in length. It has full hookups and quite a few big rig sites, and electricity up to 50 amps. Another quality RV park option is Tallahassee RV Park, just minutes away from Florida State University, Florida A&M University, the Florida State Capitol, and a number of outlets and boutiques. This park also comes with full hookups, along with free cable TV, WiFi, a pool, a clubhouse equipped with a full kitchen, and a dog walk area.
There are also a number of campgrounds throughout the nearby national forests, although many of these do not offer full hookups.
Tempting as this area’s great outdoors may be, though, there’s no way you can rent a motorhome in Tallahassee without spending at least a day or two out on the town. For starters, you definitely have to see the Capitol Complex, which is home to four highly important buildings in total: the 19th-century Old Capitol building, the House of Representatives building, the Senate building, and, finally, the 22-story New Capitol (officially the Executive Office Building).
Once you’ve checked out these spots, and also toured the nearby Florida Historic Capitol Museum, why not take a drive with the Tallahassee travel trailer rental out to the Mission San Luis de Apalachee, one of the largest Spanish settlements in Florida? Originally built as a Franciscan mission back in 1633, this area served as a headquarters for the Spanish power grab for Florida, as well as a unique area of cooperation between Europeans and Apalachee Indians. Converted Apalachees actually lived alongside the Spanish newcomers, and this museum explores this relationship with the largest historic-period Native American building in the whole Southeast. San Luis served as Spain’s westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital, as well as the principal village of the Apalachees. This museum strives to recreate the experience of entering this 17th-century outpost with as much accuracy as possible.
Other notable Tallahassee sites include Cascades Park which is home to an amphitheater, art installation, war memorial, and more, the Museum of Florida History, and, of course, FSU’s campus. And if the Florida state capital somehow doesn’t have enough excitement for you, there are a ton of smaller towns in the area that you and the Tallahassee RV rental can explore. Bainbridge, GA is less than an hour away, and Wakulla Springs, FL, is right next door. Additionally, the larger cities of Panama City and Panama City Beach, as well as Valdosta, are both just an hour or two out.